Arrays of bioinspired compound lenses for solar cells

Francesco Chiadini, Vincenzo Fiumara, Antonio Scaglione, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Abstract

Investigating the use of prismatic lenses with cross-sectional shapes inspired by the apposition compound eyes of some dipterans, we found through numerical simulations that the exposed surfaces of silicon solar cells should be textured as arrays of bioinspired compound lenses (BCLs) in order to improve performance. We used a ray-tracing algorithm to evaluate the light-coupling efficiency over a large wavelength range of the solar spectrum. Thus, the array configuration maximizing the light-coupling was determined. Results show that the light-coupling efficiency can be enhanced by at least 16% with respect to that of a silicon cell with a flat surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012
Volume8339
DOIs
StatePublished - May 14 2012
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 12 2012Mar 15 2012

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OtherBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period3/12/123/15/12

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Chiadini, F., Fiumara, V., Scaglione, A., & Lakhtakia, A. (2012). Arrays of bioinspired compound lenses for solar cells. In Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012 (Vol. 8339). [83390D] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.912845
Chiadini, Francesco ; Fiumara, Vincenzo ; Scaglione, Antonio ; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh. / Arrays of bioinspired compound lenses for solar cells. Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012. Vol. 8339 2012.
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Arrays of bioinspired compound lenses for solar cells. / Chiadini, Francesco; Fiumara, Vincenzo; Scaglione, Antonio; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh.

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Chiadini F, Fiumara V, Scaglione A, Lakhtakia A. Arrays of bioinspired compound lenses for solar cells. In Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012. Vol. 8339. 2012. 83390D https://doi.org/10.1117/12.912845